A success? Yes! But practice makes perfect.
My first attempt was not good. At first, it was inedible - so I stuck them back in the pot for another 45 minutes. We filled up on brie, chevre, hot french bread and coppa, as suspected. It was almost 10 o'clock at night before we actually got to eat the artichokes. They were edible but the wait sucked the joy out of it.
Later that night we tried 150 calorie per serving tiramisu. Don't try this at home, kids. It was a chaotic mess. From the get-go I knew it wasn't going to turn out well, but I pressed on to the very end and even served it after our artichokes. Despite the approval of the flavor from my dinner companions, I threw out the leftovers. The moral of the story: Tiramisu is best left to full calorie deliciousness. And probably home made lady fingers.
Two days later, I made artichokes again. This time I started them in the morning and by late afternoon, they were fit to eat. And they were awesome! If you want to try making them, my advice is give them lots of time!
Here is the recipe for the dip I served them with.
In other food related news, Brandon bought a Bubba Keg. This is a big deal. He has become something of a meat master and the purchase of the Bubba only makes his skills more apparent. You know, when you have better equipment, you make a better product. Now that he's mastered the fried turkey, I'd like him to smoke one.
At present, I am trying to use up some baby bella mushrooms I picked up at Costco. Any ideas? We love mushrooms but I don't always have this many lying around the house!